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Syrians outside Jordan’s refugee system ‘hanging on by a thread’ – UN

18 March 2014 – Hundreds of thousands of Syrians forced to flee the bloodshed in their homeland and now living in Jordan, are struggling to make lives for themselves outside that country’s protective umbrella of refugee camps, a study co-led by the United Nations refugees agency found.


UN expert urges long-term, rights-based approach to water crisis in Jordan

17 March 2014 – As Jordan struggles with severe water shortage issues – ongoing drought, population growth and now waves of refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict – the country is at a critical moment, said a United Nations independent expert today, emphasizing its need to take a holistic, long-term approach to its water and sanitation strategies.


Three years on, UN's top humanitarian officials urge end to Syrian conflict

15 March 2014 – With nearly 13 million Syrians uprooted from their homes, senior United Nations officials warn that without a political solution to the conflict, which today enters its fourth year, Syria and its people face years more of destruction and continued brutality.


Syria's political process 'in crisis' and must be reenergized - Ban

14 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed yet again for the international community to help bring the rival Syrian parties closer on concrete measures to end the conflict, saying “it is not enough for representatives of the Government and opposition to be in the same room, what matters most is what they do there.”


Human Rights Council: UN envoy details grave violations against children in conflict areas

13 March 2014 – Armed conflicts have intensified recently in Syria and other countries, making such places increasingly hazardous to grow up in, a top United Nations child rights official warned the Human Rights Council today as she pledged to keep reaching out to conflict parties and mobilizing the international community to better protect children.


Syria: UN-Arab League envoy says Security Council must push for productive peace talks

13 March 2014 – The United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria today appealed to the Security Council to assist him in pressing for a possible new round of negotiations bringing together the Syrian Government and opposition groups to end three years of bloodshed in the country.


‘Stop the destruction’, UN officials urge in plea to save Syria’s cultural heritage

12 March 2014 – The rampant destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage – including ancient cities, houses and temples – is deepening hatred in the war-torn country and must stop, United Nations and Arab League officials warned today, stressing that the protection of Syria’s ancient history is inseparable from the protection of its people.


Syria: UN chief implores world to reenergize political talks on ending bloodshed

12 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the international community cannot afford to lose focus or turn away from war-torn Syria, and called for renewed political efforts to end what is now, after three years of bloodshed, the biggest humanitarian and security crisis in the world.


Third Syrian refugee camp set to open in Jordan at end of April - UN

11 March 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is assisting with perparations for new Syrian arrivals once Jordan’s third refugee camp opens on 30 April, a spokesperson today confirmed.


INTERVIEW: UN relief official recalls ‘a day from hell’ amid ongoing strife in Syria

11 March 2014 – “Where have you been? What took you so long? Why is it only after a year that the UN would try to reach us knowing that we have been here for that long?”


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